Earlier this year we successfully launched our new brand. Our investment in RPA was the main focus of the launch, however our commitment to developing more eco-friendly policies was evident. Most recently we have chosen to tackle reducing the use of plastic in the workplace.

In addition, as a corporate member of Transaid, a member of our management team, Kelly Hobson, was fortunate to visit Zambia in October and witness the incredible work the charity delivers across the country.

The recent experiences and focus across Ligentia has led to the founding of Neat Initiative, an initiative that will hopefully attract like minded organisations across the transport and logistics industry to work together. One united voice that encourages collaboration across multiple organisations, that ultimately makes a difference to the world around us.

The first project is to encourage a no plastic approach to daily life, as well as generating funds to build and distribute Transaid bike ambulances.

Transaid Bike Ambulances

Transaid continues to deliver many projects across Africa linked directly to logistics, particularly in relation to health. The bike ambulances, which are a very simple innovation, deliver significant benefits to every community that is fortunate to have already received one.

Transaid works with communities across Africa to identify methods of emergency transport that are sustainable, accessible and suitable for the terrain. In some places this has meant using canoes or an ox and cart, but in Zambia where there is already a strong bicycle culture, the introduction of the bicycle ambulance has been instrumental in communities being able to access health care when they need it most.  To put this into context, the people that Kelly Hobson visited in Zambia would be expected to walk or be carried up to 50km’s to access a health centre – more in some regions. When people are incredibly poorly this means of travelling is just not viable.

Neat Water Bottle

The first project is to sell the Neat 500ml water bottle. Made of stainless steel, the neat bottle holds cold fluid for 24 hours, and hot for 12 hours. Available to purchase for £12 (excluding p&p), all profits will be donated to Transaid to build more bike ambulances. This means that for every 100 water bottles sold 1 bike ambulance will be provided to a community in Africa.

Kelly Hobson, Group Senior Marketing Manager, Ligentia highlighted; ‘This year planet sustainability has been pushed even further to the forefront of our planning. Our hope is that by making small changes that have a positive impact on our environment, we are all demonstrating a commitment to making a difference. With the additional donation to Transaid to facilitate better access to healthcare in Africa, I only see a win for every organisation to get involved. Let’s see as an industry how many bike ambulances we can fund together whilst supporting no plastic.’

Florence Bearman, Head of Fundraising, Transaid added; “Transaid is delighted that the neat initiative has been launched. Sustainability is core to Transaid’s programmes, and neat provides people an opportunity to buy an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bottles that also provides communities across Africa with much needed and sustainable transport solutions.”

To place an order for the bottles or find out more information about the initiative please contact – kelly.hobson@neat.initiative.com

Did you know that each and every day, there are 20 million parcels sent by air cargo, weighing over 140,000 tonnes in total. Plus 657 million packages and 898 million letters. Air Cargo is more diverse than you might expect with 1.1M smartphones being transported, 80,000 flowers and even 200 race horses.*

Here at Ligentia we’re playing our part in this busy sector, offering customers 24/7 Air Services to support customers when time is of the essence in getting their goods from A to B.

Our Air Division was created in 2014 in response to our customers’ requirements for multi-modal services.  We began with 30,000 sq/ft of bonded warehousing in Heathrow and within 6 months we’d added in additional facilities in Manchester.

Now with a substantial and expert team of staff on the ground working seamlessly together in both of these locations, we’re able to support customers with quick and efficient handing of their cargo –that is ‘cleared’ within our facility.

Many of the goods we handle also benefit from our pre-retail services, being palletised down to SKU level to meet onward distribution centre requirements.  With e-Comms growing at 20-30% year-on-year, Ligentia is experiencing increasing demand for these kinds of services from customer organisations across multiple sectors and encompassing everything from the most established retail players, through to entrepreneurial start-ups.

Our Air Division is also going from strength-to-strength at other key global locations – demonstrating the reach and coverage of this super-efficient service.  We currently have live consolidation hub projects in Dubai as well as growing our Air Freight provision into Australia as market trends across the world continue to impact trade lane demand. Intra-Asia business is another growth hotspot as is South Africa.  Closer to home, we are also seeing an increase in the volume of UK air business we’re supporting out of our Bristol and Glasgow thanks to the focus and dedication of our branch teams on the ground.

Global Air Freight Director, Lee Alderman Davis comments, ‘Changes in consumer behaviour are fuelling the popularity of Air Freight services, which is driving growth in our own business.  The team in Ligentia’s Air Freight Division really embrace the challenge.  They work together as one, often going above and beyond to make sure that every detail is taken care of for our customers and goods arrive reliably and always on time, when speed of delivery really matters.’

In addition to e-Comm services, Ligentia also operates Aircraft On Ground (AOG) services, providing expedited services for parts to airlines and other industries where 24/7, rapid response international freight enables a business-critical operational response.  Beyond this Ligentia is also expanding its support to non-retail sectors, involving high value products that require the care, speed and security of delivery that Air Freight can provide.  Sectors including communication, hi-tech and electronics are all benefiting from the responsiveness and agility of Air Freight services from Ligentia.

*source: IATA, The Value of Air Cargo